+1 You have explained what I have tried to say quite eloquently. Lives essentially do not matter. It's all about where the government controlled media chooses to focus the public telling them who to feel sorry for. It's all a subtle game of clever manipulation. Has nothing to do with offering pity and sympathy, but manipulating public opinion.
I am not as nihilistic on the issue as you evidently are. Human lives have extensive value, although measuring the significance and worth of a life is impracticable and moot.